Tustin, Michigan- Virginia Anne Finazzi, of Tustin, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 5, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 97.
Virginia was born on February 26, 1921 in Saginaw, Michigan to Harvey and Mary (Lynette) Cole. She was the fifth of eleven children. Virginia was no stranger to humble times and living through the Great Depression would prove to be her first of many challenges. She enjoyed attending school at Stone and North, as well as Arthur Hill. Virginia later met the man of her dreams, William Finazzi, while working at the Wilcox Factory while working alongside her older brother, Joe, who introduced them. Eager to spend the rest of their lives together, the couple entered into marriage on January 3, 1942 at St. Andrews in Saginaw, Michigan. After starting a family, Virginia and Bill relocated to Bridgeport, where together they raise five wonderful children: Theresa, Judy, John, Thomas and Monica. As a mother, Virginia instilled in her children the value of serving others. In addition to her ability to manage and support others in the most generous of ways, Virginia and Bill also raised their children with a sound Catholic faith. They prayed the rosary together each night after dinner and were active members of St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Bridgeport. As a young family, they treasured times tent camping in Caseville or visiting area parks. She spent the majority of her career working as a cosmetician at Culver Diesler, Muirs and Davis Drugs. Later, she worked at the Finazzi Fruit Market as a cashier and bookkeeper. Virginia cherished the time vacationing to Florida, touring Niagara, a special trip to Boston as well as Martha's Vineyard, and a delightful cruise to the Bahamas. Later in life, Virginia finally settled in Tustin, Michigan where she spent much time with her family and attended St. Ann Catholic Church. She was a proud member of the Altar Society and an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary. She served as an Eucharistic minister for a remarkable 25 years and loved to visit the sick and shut-ins at Sun Valley. Surviving many of life's greatest difficulties, she never wavered from her faith and her positive outlook on life. Her laughter, generosity and exceptional hugs will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered for generations to come.
Virginia is survived by her children, Theresa (Greg) Sowa of Holton, Michigan, Judy Finazzi of Tustin, Thomas (Joanne) Finazzi of Ada, Michigan and Monica (Gary) Gremel of Lake City; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren, Liam and Oliver Hahn; numerous special nieces and nephews; two brothers, Frank Cole and Howard Cole; and many other loving family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-nine years, Bill Finazzi; son, John Finazzi, and her special friend, Wil Moederzoon.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. with visitation held one hour prior at St. Ann Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Janowski to preside. Interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Saginaw, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Cadillac Munson Hospice and Dominican Sisters of Marywood Grand Rapids.